1. TAKE A DIP
Whether you’re indulging at the restaurant or its new food truck, order up Benjamin’s perfect-for-dipping waffle-cut sweet potato fries alongside a finger-licking good “burga” or “sammich.”
Benjamin’s • 2101 Airport Blvd.
2. DOWN-HOME FAVORITE
Satisfy your craving for Mama’s sweet potato pie with this praline adaptation laced with crunchy pecans and plenty of sugar. But, you better get there quick, because this delicious dish is served up buffet-style on the restaurant’s 160-year-old table, and it doesn’t last long.
The Gift Horse • 209 W. Laurel Ave., Foley. 943-3663. gifthorserestaurant.com
3. A NOBLE FEAST
Hearty Italian-style gnocchi dumplings are prepared using Baldwin County sweet potatoes. The refined flavors don’t stop there, though; the dish is then topped with bleu cheese and crisp slices of okra, all served with tender, flavorful oxtail.
The Noble South • 203 Dauphin St. 690-6824
4. KONNITIWA, Y'ALL!
In this reasonably priced fusion option, sushi goes Southern. Diced sweet potatoes are deep fried to perfection then rolled up in traditional seaweed and rice, making a simple sushi roll ideal for hesitant first-timers.
Aji Sai • 160 Cotton Creek Drive, Suite 250, Gulf Shores. 968-8893. ajisaiasian.com
text by Julia Arenstam